When the total solar eclipse darkens the skies at 2:35 p.m. on the opening day of classes for the fall 2017 semester, Western Carolina University students, faculty and staff won’t be stuck indoors casting wistful glances out the window.
Enhancing the Cullowhee Creek corridor, providing a solar panel picnic table and researching how to build a compactor that would remove coffee lids from coffee cups and place each in its respective recycling bin are among the proposals approved by Western Carolina University’s Sustainable Energy Initiative for the 2017-18 academic year.
Three topics of universitywide significance are on the agenda for a public forum Monday, April 24, as Western Carolina University leaders provide updates about campus construction projects, the recent visit by a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges review team, and progress on meeting goals of the university’s strategic plan.
The fountain on Western Carolina University’s Central Plaza was surrounded by booths and tents hosted by international students, study abroad returnees, campus departments and community organizations for WCU's 38th annual International Festival on March 29.
Western Carolina University will hold its annual Earth and Wellness Celebration on Wednesday, April 19. The free event combines the national celebration of Earth Day with recognition to health and wellness.
All the commercial space on the ground floor of Noble Hall, Western Carolina University’s new mixed-use facility on Centennnial Drive, is now fully operational after a low-key “soft opening” was held for MadStone Cafe and Catching Light Books, a combination eatery and bookstore, on March 28.
Western Carolina University’s Office of Accessibility Resources will be hosting Autism Awareness Month in April to promote diversity, acceptance and inclusion for all WCU students who identify on the spectrum.
Students returning to Western Carolina University for the 2017 fall semester will find that their on-campus dining choices have increased significantly when the old Brown Cafeteria, shuttered in 2010 as a food-service operation, roars back to life as a spacious mountain lodge featuring national brands and multiple serving stations offering complete meals.